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Tilt-Rotor Drone, Benjamin Stone, Zachary Crandall 2016 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Tilt-Rotor Drone, Benjamin Stone, Zachary Crandall

Electrical Engineering

A drone is defined a "an unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously[2]." In the year 2016, there exist many applications for small scale drones. Drones, having had primarily military applications, now have use in hobby robotics, photography, and even in surveying. But drones have not yet been perfected and still have room for much improvement. Several problems with drones come in the form of battery life, stability, and size. Large drones can fit many sensors and probes, but are heavy and have less flight time. For autonomous drones, stability can be an issue even though there exist many stable ...


The Design Of A Racing Simulator: A Three-Phase User Testing Approach, Jakob E. Rouleau, Eric J. Wach 2016 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The Design Of A Racing Simulator: A Three-Phase User Testing Approach, Jakob E. Rouleau, Eric J. Wach

Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference

No abstract provided.


Use Of Power Transmission To Uav, Alex Holland, Wilson Lysford, Jens Pearson, Jeremy Straub, Scott Kerlin 2016 Selected Works

Use Of Power Transmission To Uav, Alex Holland, Wilson Lysford, Jens Pearson, Jeremy Straub, Scott Kerlin

Jeremy Straub

With orbital wireless power transmission a distinct future possibility, the consideration and evaluation of possible practical uses becomes very important. While there are many prospective uses for this technology the main focus of this posters is on power transmission in support of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).


Automatic Scheduling For Unmanned Aerial System, Gene Cao, Cody Soderstrom, Jeremy Straub, Eunjin Kim 2016 Selected Works

Automatic Scheduling For Unmanned Aerial System, Gene Cao, Cody Soderstrom, Jeremy Straub, Eunjin Kim

Jeremy Straub

Upper air reports of meteorological data are limited
to PIREPs (Pilot Reports), which require pilots to
actually experience the weather phenomenon, and
radiosondes. Unmanned aircraft systems can reduce
risk and increase data points if they can seek out and
observe these conditions.
Automated scheduling provides a means to generate
and plan the UAS mission, taking into consideration
prioritized tasks.


Autonomous Navigation And Control Of Unmanned Aircraft In The National Airspace, Michael Hlas, Jeremy Straub 2016 Selected Works

Autonomous Navigation And Control Of Unmanned Aircraft In The National Airspace, Michael Hlas, Jeremy Straub

Jeremy Straub

Pilotless aircraft known as Unmanned Aerial Ve-hicles (UAVs) have been used extensively for military and intelligence purposes. This includes situations where the mission area is too dangerous for a pilot to fly, the length of the mission is longer than a pilot could stay awake or aircraft are used as cruise mis-siles that crash into their target. With the decreasing cost and miniaturization of computers, it has become possible to build UAVs that are small and inexpensive making them accessible to businesses, law enforce-ment, hobbyists and the general public.


Automatic Scheduling For Unmanned Aerial System, Gene Cao, Cody Soderstrom, Jeremy Straub, Eunjin Kim 2016 Selected Works

Automatic Scheduling For Unmanned Aerial System, Gene Cao, Cody Soderstrom, Jeremy Straub, Eunjin Kim

Jeremy Straub

Upper air reports of meteorological data are limited
to PIREPs (Pilot Reports), which require pilots to
actually experience the weather phenomenon, and
radiosondes. Unmanned aircraft systems can reduce
risk and increase data points if they can seek out and
observe these conditions.
Automated scheduling provides a means to generate
and plan the UAS mission, taking into consideration
prioritized tasks.


Early Afternoon Concurrent Panel Sessions: Commercial Space Industry Snapshot: Presentation: Small Catapult-Assisted Horizontal-Launch Reusable Rbcc Ssto Spaceplane For Economical Short-Duration Leo Access, Nihad E. Daidzic, Ph.D., Sc.D. 2016 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Early Afternoon Concurrent Panel Sessions: Commercial Space Industry Snapshot: Presentation: Small Catapult-Assisted Horizontal-Launch Reusable Rbcc Ssto Spaceplane For Economical Short-Duration Leo Access, Nihad E. Daidzic, Ph.D., Sc.D.

Aviation / Aeronautics / Aerospace International Research Conference

This article discusses the conceptual design, flight trajectory calculations, and utilization of the possible future horizontally-launched reusable Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO) spaceplane for small payload short-duration manned/unmanned access to Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO). The 10,000 lb spaceplane would use 5,000 ft catapult-assist horizontal-launch facility and conduct powered approach and landing on conventional horizontal paved runways following the gliding atmospheric re-entry. To increase the economy of operation, the launch facility located at high elevations (4,000+ ft) equatorial region is required, such as, the plateaus in Kenya and Tanzania in Africa and/or Ecuador in South America. A 500-lb payload, including pilot-commander ...


Use Of A Small Unmanned Aerial System For The Sr-530 Mudslide Incident Near Oso, Washington, Robin Murphy, Brittany Duncan, Tyler Collins, Justin Kendrick, Patrick Lohman, Tamara Palmer, Frank Sanborn 2016 Texas A&M University

Use Of A Small Unmanned Aerial System For The Sr-530 Mudslide Incident Near Oso, Washington, Robin Murphy, Brittany Duncan, Tyler Collins, Justin Kendrick, Patrick Lohman, Tamara Palmer, Frank Sanborn

CSE Journal Articles

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue deployed three commercially available small unmanned aerial systems (SUASs)—an AirRobot AR100B quadrotor, an Insitu Scan Eagle, and a PrecisionHawk Lancaster—to the 2014 SR-530 Washington State mudslides. The purpose of the flights was to allow geologists and hydrologists to assess the eminent risk of loss of life to responders from further slides and flooding, as well as to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the event. The AirRobot AR100B in conjunction with PrecisionHawk postprocessing software created two-dimensional (2D) and 3D reconstructions of the inaccessible “moonscape” region of the slide and provided engineers ...


Drones In Logistics: A Feasible Future Or A Waste Of Effort., Andrew Lotz 2015 Bowling Green State University

Drones In Logistics: A Feasible Future Or A Waste Of Effort., Andrew Lotz

Honors Projects

On December 1st, 2013 news around the world was filled with headlines about E- Commerce website Amazon.com. CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos announced to the world that Amazon was designing a drone delivery program called Amazon Air that could deliver packages to customers in just 30 minutes. Consumers were all too excited for the program to launch while many business and air traffic savvy people were highly skeptical. Now two years later research to look back at the feasibility of drone flight and whether investment into the technology is worth it for small deliveries straight to customers is ...


Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Jacob Dean, James Mixter, Jordan Barr 2015 Western Michigan University

Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Jacob Dean, James Mixter, Jordan Barr

Honors Theses

An open-source Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capable of performing at the same capacity as many top commercially available multi-rotor vehicles is developed. The system allows users unfamiliar with multi-rotor vehicles to achieve flight and land safely, while also serving as a flexible foundation for other UAV projects and opening the door to features that are not currently available. Applications of drone technology are explored.


Ehawk: Uav - Remote Launch Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Kite Based System, Matthew R. Rossett 2015 Rowan University

Ehawk: Uav - Remote Launch Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Kite Based System, Matthew R. Rossett

Theses and Dissertations

Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, are becoming favorable assets in multiple fields. Along with this new technology comes new improvements, including the EHAWK: UAV system, a proposed system to increase the range of UAVs by providing an alternate method for launching. The EHAWK: UAV is a kite based system for launching UAVs. The system uses a kite which acts as a sky anchor or fixed point in the sky. A tether is attached from the kite to the ground. A shuttle device then attached to the tether line. That shuttle carries the UAV up the line ...


Comment On Faa Rule Revision - Transport Category Aircraft, Paul Eschenfelder, Valter Battistoni 2015 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

Comment On Faa Rule Revision - Transport Category Aircraft, Paul Eschenfelder, Valter Battistoni

Paul F. Eschenfelder

No abstract provided.


Modeling And Test Of The Efficiency Of Electronic Speed Controllers For Brushless Dc Motors, Clayton R. Green 2015 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Modeling And Test Of The Efficiency Of Electronic Speed Controllers For Brushless Dc Motors, Clayton R. Green

Master's Theses and Project Reports

Small electric uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV) represent a rapidly expanding market requiring optimization in both efficiency and weight; efficiency is critical during cruise or loiter where the vehicle operates at part power for up to 99% of the mission time. Of the four components (battery, motor, propeller, and electronic speed controller (ESC)) of the electric propulsion system used in small UAVs, the ESC has no accepted performance model and almost no published performance data. To collect performance data, instrumentation was developed to measure electrical power in and out of the ESC using the two wattmeter method and current sense resistors ...


Book Review: High G Flight - Physiological Effects And Countermeasures, Stefan Kleinke 2015 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide

Book Review: High G Flight - Physiological Effects And Countermeasures, Stefan Kleinke

International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace

This review provides insight on the content and a review of the quality of the recent release of High G Flight - Physiological Effects and Countermeasures from Ashgate Publications.

This review does not reflect the views of IJAAA or ERAU. This work was not peer reviewed.

High G Flight - Physiological Effects and Countermeasures


Designing A Remote Aerial System To Image And Analyze The Health Of Grape Crops At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Alexander D. Vice, Dylan Benton, Adipratnia Asmady, Andrew Mercier, Andrew Meyer, Eric Belfield, Aaron Drake 2015 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Designing A Remote Aerial System To Image And Analyze The Health Of Grape Crops At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Alexander D. Vice, Dylan Benton, Adipratnia Asmady, Andrew Mercier, Andrew Meyer, Eric Belfield, Aaron Drake

STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Program Posters

In the last decade the prevalence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has exploded; however, the presence of UAVs in research situations is still a relatively new and untested field. The autonomous flight lab (AFL) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a new lab site that is dedicated to using UAVs to benefit research for all backgrounds. Before AFL was able to fly missions we first needed to actually receive our vehicles, create a lab space that would provide all of the necessary resources and equipment necessary to fly, and to be granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA ...


The Robert H. Goddard Papers, Robert H. Goddard 2015 Clark University

The Robert H. Goddard Papers, Robert H. Goddard

Archives and Special Collections Finding Aids

Dr. Robert H. Goddard was a member of the Clark Physics Department for 29 years. Foremost American pioneer of rocket research, he laid the technical and theoretical foundations for many of the developments in long-range rockets, missiles, satellites and space flight, which collectively put us into the Space Age.

The collection includes correspondence, diaries, journals, patent applications and awards, reports, and photographs. The collection also includes original paintings by Dr. Goddard.


How To Save The World: One Life (And Uav) At A Time!, Natalie A. Wright 2015 Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway

How To Save The World: One Life (And Uav) At A Time!, Natalie A. Wright

STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Program Posters

The proliferation of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) in commercial and public service aviation arenas has begun to gain the attention of many citizens. Popularized vehicles such as quadcopters have applications in aerial photography, small package delivery and hobbyist/consumer interests. Use of small-scale, fixed- and rotary-wing, remotely operated systems has been popularized as a result of such vehicles’ size and operational simplicity, which widens the range of application of this technology. Public service applications have the potential to advance emergency services management, which can substantially contribute to the public wellbeing. This research will examine the utility of multi-rotor systems ...


An Overview Of A Solar Eclipse Video Payload, Alexander M. Peters 2015 Iowa State University

An Overview Of A Solar Eclipse Video Payload, Alexander M. Peters

2016 Academic High Altitude Conference

The HABET group at Iowa State University has been designing and building balloon payloads for years, giving students hands on experience with the engineering involved in creating and launching payloads to near space conditions. After attending the AHAC conference in 2014 the group begain to design a balloon for the 2017 solar eclipse. Working closely with the Space Grant Consortium’s design team, HABET has designed and completed preliminary testing on a Solar Eclipse Video payload. This payload uses multiple subsystems to complete the mission. The mission required an altitude control system, live video downlink, and a camera pointing system ...


Techniques For Payload Stabilization For Improved Photography During Stratospheric Balloon Flights, James Flaten, Christopher Gosch, Joseph (Benjamin) Habeck 2015 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities / MN Space Grant

Techniques For Payload Stabilization For Improved Photography During Stratospheric Balloon Flights, James Flaten, Christopher Gosch, Joseph (Benjamin) Habeck

2016 Academic High Altitude Conference

Payload-box rotation and swing are perennial challenges to achieving high-quality photography (typically videography) during weather-balloon flights to “near-space” (AKA the stratosphere). Continuous camera motion can lead to blurred still photos, nearly-impossible-to-watch video footage, and precludes time-exposure photography required for most astronomical imaging even though altitudes are reached where the daytime sky appears black. Apparently-random payload rotation, persisting even at altitude, can often exceed servo rotation rates and frustrate attempts to do active camera pointing. Here we discuss mostly-passive payload stabilization strategies we, and our collaborators, have used to mitigate and dampen both swing and rotation of suspended payloads on high-altitude ...


The “Stratospheric Cricket Keeper” – Developing A Simple“Life-Support” Payload For High-Altitude Balloon Missions, Lucas Kramer, Chad Serba, James Flaten 2015 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The “Stratospheric Cricket Keeper” – Developing A Simple“Life-Support” Payload For High-Altitude Balloon Missions, Lucas Kramer, Chad Serba, James Flaten

2016 Academic High Altitude Conference

Exposure to the environmental conditions of “near-space” (AKA the stratosphere) is quickly fatal to nearly all forms of animal life. It is even challenging to build a sealable enclosure that can keep insects (crickets) alive through the dramatic and simultaneous pressure and temperature drops experienced during a high-altitude balloon mission. This poster describes the development of a rugged “cricket keeper” in which we were able to fly crickets to the stratosphere and, quoting the words of JFK, “return (them) safely to the earth!” This “life-support” payload had large windows (for the view!) and included Arduino-logged temperature and pressure sensors, an ...


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